Gathering your content

Gathering your content can sometimes feel like you're trying to herd cats! The best advice is to stay organised, use your flat plan and set a deadline.

Using the flat plan:
As the flat plan is a blueprint for your yearbook it's an invaluable tool when it comes to gathering content. There are a few approaches you can use depending on the size of your yearbook team, the amount of time you have available, and how much content you plan on having in your yearbook.

Divide the yearbook:
One way to minimise the effort is to split the content gathering page by page. Use the flat plan to decide who is going to get which pages. Make sure they understand what is required in terms of images and copy by page.

Copywriter and Photo Editor:
If you are lucky enough to have a full yearbook team you will have a dedicated Copywriter and Photo Editor and content gathering is their main responsibility. There's a lot of work to be done here so they will most likely need to get other students involved and manage their input into the yearbook.

Top tips for gathering content:

Set a reasonable deadline and stick to it! 

When it comes to images, make the most of the energi online yearbook builder's direct connectivity to Facebook, Picasa and Flickr. Using this import method is simple and explained clearly on the image import tab of the online yearbook builder. To get the most out of these functions you will need to prepare.

  • Facebook: Set up a [your school name] 2012 yearbook Facebook page. Have your students post images to this account's wall. You can import these images directly to the online yearbook builder.
  • Picasa and Flickr: Set up a [your school name] 2012 yearbook account and get your classmates to add the account as a friend. You can then access the images they upload.

Speak to your energi yearbook advisor to organise the upload of all Tempest Photography images you want to use.